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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Proper Machine Buffing With Compound

To begin the buffing on a cool clean surface, lay down a strip of compound and run buffer at a fairly high rate of speed between (1800 to 2500 rpm) to break the abrasives down and get a brilliant shine. As you finish the section that you are buffing, back off on the pressure as you start to see the compound disappear. You’ll get a higher gloss when you perform this properly. Imagine a grid pattern as you buff the hull, side to side, then top to bottom. This helps to ensure you don’t miss a spot. To get the product to work a little longer you can mist, distilled water only, on the product itself as you’re buffing. It will work a little bit longer and you can actually a little more gloss out of it. It will make the abrasives in it work just a touch longer. You can get some really nice results by doing this.

Be very careful when working near exposed antennas, lines, horns, and as mentioned before, especially striping. Slow the speed down when buffing on stripes and use less pressure on the buffer. Remove as much of the product as possible, then wipe residual by hand. It is also recommended that you tape off areas, tops, exposed seats, etc. that may be in the path of flying compound. You can do this using towels, old sheets. There are also different areas you may want to cover up like the dash if it’s an exposed top boat. It just saves time on cleanup later.

Optional Second Step

If you follow the buffing step with Blue Magnum Carnuba from Monsters, you will achieve a brilliant reflective shine and long lasting protection. In the buffing process an optional second step is to add Meguiar’s #45 polish by hand or orbital polisher to the area just buffed. This will help feed the pores of the gel coat and add an additional amount of gloss to the surface. With this you have to use the product as directed and do one section at a time. It does not work well as a wax to just let it sit on there, haze, and then try to remove it. It’s something that you put on and remove almost immediately. As mentioned, it is an optional step to use in this process. This also is a product that you’ll want to keep away from the anti-skid portions of the boat, usually the side railings or the top deck where the anti-skid is mostly found. It just does not work well with anti-skid.

Window Tinting

Before you have the window tinting done make sure that you know the laws in regards to what is legal. In most states, there are medical necessity exemptions to the window tinting laws. This exemption is for those that have a valid vision or medical related condition that requires the person to limit their exposure to sunlight. Some of the medical conditions include sunlight allergy, lupus, melanoma, and phosensitivity. If you windows are tinted darker than is legally allowed and you are stopped, you need to have documentation showing that you have an exemption.

Provided that you have side mirrors, some states will allow every window to be tinted. Other states may not allow you to have your two front windows and the windshield tinted. If you have illegally tinted windows and are stopped you will generally pay a fine from $50 to $500 and will have the windows retinted to what is considered legal. All states have separate laws that legislate tinting for windows. This is why it is very important to follow what your state’s laws say in regards to tinting for windows.

Most people have window tinting done to protect themselves and their car from the sun’s damaging UV rays. There are two basic styles of window tinting; traditional non-reflective film and metallic performance films that have a reflective surface. You can get tinted windows in gold, gray, bronze, amber, and other colors.

Window tinting has many benefits, which include:

• Blocking ninety-nine percent of the damaging UV rays and sixty-five percent of the sun’s heat
• Protects your skin from sun damage and your eyes from eyestrain and glare
• Protects the upholstery and interior of your car
• Makes your glass safer if it gets broken by holding the shattered glass in place
• Can prevent people from seeing into your vehicle

All about Repairing Car Damage

Skilled car damage repairers earn almost four folds of what novice repairer gets. Statistics show that of the 223,000 automotive repairers in 2004, 10% of them, the skilled automotive repairers earn more than $28.45 per hour. This is about four times what the less skilled repairer’s get, which is about $9.42 per hour.

If we then compare it to the median per hour rate of company executives which is about $29.75 per hour, you probably pair enough in take-home money because being in the business of repairing car damage, you do not need to wear a suit and tie, and get stressed to much thinking of how you will run the business. You may also need to worry about the life of all the people in your company. You thus sport a stressful lifestyle, although from a distance, you may look far better than blue-collar workers. You may have the power to command as a company executive but you do not have the coziness of a blue-collar job. You may be more stressed as compared to skilled car damage repairers.

On the other hand, as a skilled car damage repairer, you go to work in noisy body shops with clatters of hammering and whining of power tools. You also will be dirty at the end of the day. You are also working in a condition where there is great possibility of being hurt while repairing car damages.

In addition to this, you will need to have at least 3 to 4 years of hands-on experience in all the paces of automotive repairing before you reach a receive a handsome pay.

Therefore, to ensure that later on, your business of repairing car damages will go up to the level where you will earn like those handsomely dressed company executives, it may help to have yourself certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. Once you are certified as an ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician, you may already command your price.

However, before you get this far in your business of car damage repairing, you may need continuing education on the modern and technically advanced quality of cars that manufacturers introduce to the market.

Formal training will help you develop your skills and attending seminars sponsored by automotive manufacturers will keep you at the top of your business.

It may also help to understand the government requirements and that of insurance companies so that you will be able to assist your clients well enough.

Your business might be slapped by the total loss assessment of insurance companies. However, this may be masked by the fact that you can buy these total loss cars, study their parts, and even use some of them for your future repairs. Understanding the requirements and the logic behind these requirements will be able to give you an edge in assisting your customers, whether to have their cars repaired or ask the insurance company for a total loss assessment. Being an authority in all the paces of owning a car may help you in your business as well.

Keeping pace with the modernity of today’s automotive industry will keep your business of repairing car damage such a lucrative business.

You may be dirty at the end of the day, but if you are able to provide for the needs of your family, I think repairing car damage is not such a bad idea.

Giant Cars Lifted

Please not that working below a lift is a potentially dangerous condition if you do not take precautions to avoid accidents. Badly maintained lifts with faulty controls can malfunction and action is so quick that the person can consider himself/herself lucky with injuries no matter how serious.

While working under a raised car make sure that,

  • You know where the controls are located and know the controls properly. Untrained persons can be dangerous in times of emergency. Such persons aggravate the situations instead of bringing it under control.
  • Make sure that unauthorized persons and customers are not allowed in the area.
  • The feeder that feeds electrical power to the hydraulic pump should be in off position and the switch locked to prevent the power being fed to hydraulic pump.
  • If it is possible lock the lift in that position with mechanical lock.

1. Ensure that the lift does not go beyond the maximum position where it might be unsafe for the lift and mechanic.

2. Ensure that lifts are used only for jobs for which it was made. Using it for any other work can be deadly.

3. See that the controls get the manufacturer’s checks regularly. Get these checks done by the manufacturer or a mechanic trained at manufacturer’s training institute.

4. Get the hydraulic lifts checked regularly and check for leakages from the seals or hydraulic hoses. If you detect any leakage any time, keep clear of the raised lift. Bring it down as early as possible consistent with other condition. Attend to the lift and test the system and then only use the lift once again.

5. Keep a watch on hydraulic pressure when lifting the load. If you notice that the pressure is higher than the normal, do not use the lift till it is certified safe by the maintenance personnel.

6. Check the fluid level regularly and top up with recommended oils.

7. Remove any dirt around pistons and cylinders.

8. Check the structure of the platform and see if any defects are noticed during inspection

9. See that the weight being lifted is within the capacity of lift.

10. The dimensions of car being lifted do not go beyond the frame of lift structure.